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Did My Period Stop Because of Too Much Exercise?

I exercise about 2 hours a day every day. In the last 3 months I've lost 26 pounds, but my period is gone. What should I do?
Samantha*

Many things can cause a girl to stop getting her period — including exercising a lot and losing weight quickly, especially if she's not consuming enough calories and healthy foods.

Two hours of exercise a day can add up to a lot of calories burned. You should take in more calories now than when you weren't as active.

Make an appointment with your health care provider. He or she can make sure nothing else is stopping your period, and work with you on a healthy eating and exercise plan. Your provider may ask you to increase your calories and decrease your workouts to get your body and your cycle back on track.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: June 2017

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